Weeping Water Nebraska


Sunday, April 25

8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

American Legion Hall in Weeping Water

Serving pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, coffee and juice.

All proceeds will go toward Weeping Water youth activities.



Pancakes and Biscuits & Gravy Supper Fundraiser 

Sponsored by the Weeping Water Community Booster Club 

Monday, May 3, 2010

5:30 - 6:45 p.m.  (Prior to the Honors Night presentations)

Weeping Water Public School Multi-Purpose Room


All profit goes to the Weeping Water Public School Foundation for a scholarship. This will be the first year the Booster Club will be giving a scholarship in their name!



Get Lost in the Weeping Water Valley!
The Scenic Weeping Water Valley spreads from Elmwood to Murray, from Highway 1 to Highway 34. Communities within this valley are Union, Murray, Manley, Nehawka, Avoca, Eagle, Alvo, Wabash, Weeping Water, Elmwood, and Murdock. This scenic area, offering so many unique commercial, historical and cultural destinations, has been literally undiscovered by the surrounding metropolitan areas.
The Scenic Weeping Water Valley Association (SWVA) is made up of 15 area businesses seeking to increase public knowledge of the Valley and its treasures.  To help kick-off the summer vacation season, the SWVA is holding a cooperative event during the weekend of April 24 & 25.  Special discounts will be available to those who specifically mention the "Get Lost" promotion; thus encouraging residents and tourists alike to "Get Lost in the Valley" and rediscover its treasures. 
The list of promotions is so extensive that the SWVA encourages people to visit their website, www.VisittheValley.org to view everything being offered during the last full weekend in April.  Those without access to the web may call SWVA President, Barb Slattery of Slattery Vintage Estates in Nehawka with any questions.



New Location 

There  is new activity on Eldora Ave. in Weeping Water.  Grandpa Snazzy's is moving to 221 West Eldora Avenue.  William M Cover II and Kathryn Cover have purchased the 1903 Davis Block building and are moving Grandpa Snazzy's from its old location above Fusselman Wymore.

The new space is being extensively remodeled and they are working hard on recreating the historic aspects of the building.  The costume rental portion of the business is already running in the new space and the retail will be opening soon. 

"We are planning a grand opening celebration of the retail for this year's Limestone Days, but if we are ready sooner we will open up the retail.  We are very excited about our new space and the ability to be on main street."  The retail is designed to mimic an old fashioned general store, Wood fixtures will set off wares of bulk candy and coffees, sewing needs, a gentleman's corner and more.

Keep an eye out for the retail opening and do not forget if you need costumes, the hours are

 Tue-Fri 1:30-5 and Sat 10:00-2:00. 





The Weeping Water Alumni Association is requesting your help.  They are in the process of compiling a complete list of addresses and e-mail addresses (if possible) of every graduate of Weeping Water Public School.  So look through your phone, blackberry, planner, address book, Facebook account, or any other place that you may have information about your friends and former classmates and forward that information to Kim (Sisson) (Schreiner) Kastens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This information helps the Alumni Association contact our alumni concerning the yearly Alumni Banquet (always held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend) and other important events at the school. 

Please remember, the cost of mailing this information to our alumni has increased tremendously recently and any donations would be greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions, please e-mail Kim Kastens at the address listed above.  Thank you for your help!




Recycling for Weeping Water

            The "Cass County Going Green" program continues to move forward in its recycling efforts.  As part of a recycling and litter reduction grant received, communities participating in the county wide program will be provided with recycling trailers on a scheduled basis.

            The trailer will be located in Weeping Water North Elm Street (at the end of the street between the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Meeske's Housewares store) on the following dates:

            Saturday, April 17        -Friday, April 23

            Saturday, May 1           -Friday May 7

            Saturday, May 22         -Friday, May 28

            Saturday, June 12         -Friday June 18

            Saturday, July 3            -Friday July 9

            Saturday, Aug 7           -Friday Aug 13

            Saturday, Aug 28         -Friday Sept 3

            Saturday, Sept 18         -Friday, Sept 24

            Saturday, Oct 2            -Friday, Oct 8

            Saturday, Oct 23          -Friday, Oct 29

            Saturday, Nov 13         -Friday, Nov 19

            Saturday, Dec 11         -Friday, Dec 17


            Trailers will close at Noon on Fridays or whenever full.

            To learn more about the Cass County Recycling Program go to http://www.cassne.org/.



Do you ever wonder what to do with your old electronic equipment when you're finished with it?  The link listed below has information on disposing of these items, plus other ways you can help our environment.  Let's do our part to keep our planet clean! 




Please "Save The Date - June 26, 2010" and join us for The Cass County Relay For Life at Plattsmouth High School as we all join forces to walk in the fight against every form of cancer. It is our 15th birthday in Cass County and we need you to help us celebrate!
For additional information, please logon to www.relayforlife.org/casscone
or call 402-393-5801.    Thank you 


Upcoming "Relay for Life" Fundraisers

Cass County Relay For Life team, Kris' Krew, made up of family and friends of Kris Johnson (who lost her battle with Lymphoma at 42 years of age), is hosting a fundraiser in her memory.
On Friday, April 23. 2010 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, "The Waffle Man" will be serving all you can eat Belgian Waffles with a variety of syrups, sausage and drinks for $5.00 per person - children aged 4 and under are free. Please join them at the Murray Presbyterian Church. For additional information or directions please contact Melanie at 402-297-3546. Proceeds going to American Cancer Society Relay For Life.


Please join Cass County Relay For Life team, Survivors R Us at Plattsmouth Keno for a fundraiser in memory of Steve Colabello and Jim Meisinger. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $5.00 per person. The date is Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The team held a pancake breakfast last month and the food was delicious! The proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jan Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 402-296-2651 (home) or 402-216-6456 (cell).





Your Voice Can Help a Child - Part II

April 16, 2010, Lincoln-"I learned volumes from raising my own children and now have the opportunity to share my knowledge," said Springfield CASA Diane Wagner when asked why she volunteers to help abused and neglected children in Sarpy County.

Since Diane became a CASA volunteer in 2008, she has worked with two siblings, who have been in three different foster homes and are awaiting a permanent placement. Diane said, "The reason I committed to this...assignment is to make a difference by being a role model in foster children's lives....I love being able to help the Juvenile Court System...by implementing the guidance given in the courtroom. The role of the foster family is also a large piece of the support the CASA program offers. This team-oriented approach to raising contributing members of society is amazing....I feel the guidance I offer is the center point of how the team reacts."

I met Plattsmouth CASA volunteer Suzanne Kolesik earlier this month. Suzanne has advocated for 18 children from eight families. The unusual circumstances of one child, in particular, prompted Suzanne to tell me this story, "My CASA child was born in Russia. She lived in an orphanage until the age of 12, when she was adopted and brought to this country. Later, she was removed from her adoptive home and placed in foster care. As her 19th birthday drew near, my child and I knew that she would ‘age-out' of the system. ‘Aging-out' would mean the loss of essential life services that had been place while my child was in foster care. Our plan was to find a place for her to live and obtain student loans, so she could go to college. The plan was halted by the discovery that my child was not a naturalized citizen. In order for her to earn an education and become a self-sufficient adult, we needed to know why her citizenship was in jeopardy and how to remedy the situation. I asked for and received help from my child's case worker; her guardian ad litem, who helps us with legal issues; a PALS (Preparation for Adult Living Services) representative; CASA staff at both the state and local levels; Legal Aid and many others.

We finally learned that our problems could be solved, if we had a naturalization certificate or a U.S. Passport. Good news, or so we thought. My child did have a Passport, but her adoptive parents would not relinquish it. The agency that was involved in my child's adoption had a copy of her Passport, but the Social Security office would only accept the original document. Knowing that my child would ‘age-out' in a few weeks, and the process for obtaining a new Passport could take a few months, we broadened our search for solutions to include more contacts with Health and Human Services, brainstorming about other options with CASA representatives and communication with Nebraska's elected political leaders. Everyone, including staff in the offices of Governor Heineman, U.S. Senator Ben Nelson and State Senator Dave Pankonin, looked for answers. None were found.

The turning point for my CASA child came when her adoptive mother turned over the original Passport. My child and I finalized the requirements for her to begin the next stage of her life. With one day to spare, my child was prepared to ‘age-out' of the system. She had plans for her life that I was confident she would fulfill.

This story illustrates the fact that the role of a CASA volunteer is as varied, as are the lives of the children with whom we work. The difference between my role as a CASA volunteer and those of all of the other people I asked to help is demonstrated quite clearly by this example. Everyone else who interacts with a CASA child also works with many children and has other responsibilities. A CASA volunteer provides important continuity by working with only one child or family at a time."

Do you have time to help a child? If so, the CASA Programs in Cass, Otoe and Sarpy Counties would like to hear from you. In Cass County you can contact Kim Carrera at 402-296-9520, in Otoe County you can speak with Amanda Volkmer-Busch at 402-873-6343 and in Sarpy County Georgie Scurfield is waiting for your call at 402-593-2259.

I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to represent District 2 in the Nebraska Legislature.

We welcome your contacts by mail, phone or email.

Senator Dave Pankonin

            State Capitol

            PO Box 94604

            Lincoln, NE 68509

            (402) 471-2613

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The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, a popular and enduring force in Gospel music, will be performing at the Lofte Community Theatre in Manley on Sunday, April 25th at 2pm. 
The Blackwood Brothers have recorded over 200 albums and toured in 47 countries.  They have won eight Grammy Awards and 6 Dove Awards.  Over the years, the Blackwood Brothers have been guests on the Barbara Mandrell Show, Hee-Haw, and The Grand Old Opry.  They have sung with Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Tennessee Ernie Ford and many more.  They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in 1998.  The group now consists of Jimmy Blackwood, Wayne Little, Randy Byrd and Brad White. 
The original Blackwood Brothers formed in 1934 in Choctaw County, Mississippi.  In 1954 the quartet performed on the "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" show on television.  Two weeks after winning the competition, two of the original Blackwood brothers, R.W. and Bill Lyles, were both killed in a plane crash in Alabama.  The surviving Blackwoods regrouped, adding younger brother Cecil to sing baritone and J.D. Sumner singing bass.
Elvis Presley loved gospel music and attended many of the Blackwood concerts at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis.  When his mother, Gladys Presley, died in 1958, Elvis and his father asked the Blackwoods to sing at her funeral. 
Tickets for this event are $16.  Reservations are not required, but are strongly suggested.  When the Lofte last hosted The Blackwood Brothers in 2008, the event was completely sold-out.  More information can be found on the Lofte's website, www.Lofte.com, or by calling the box office at (402) 234-2553.  Please join us on Sunday, April 25th at 2pm for this wonderful concert event!



First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series

Faith Singers from Missouri

May 1, Saturday @ 7PM

Free Admission w/ Love offering taken



 Weeping Water First Christian Church 2010 Concert Series starts with an awesome concert on May 1, Saturday at 7PM featuring Faith Singers 

Faith Singers have been singing together since May 2004.  Our first  road trip out of state was to Apache Junction, Arizona near Phoenix.   While there we ministered in several RV Parks and just had a wonderful time praising our Lord.  Since then God has allowed us to travel and sing for His glory to many places.   We find no place too small or to large to minister.  Our commitment is to our Lord and Saviour and we will do our best to meet the needs of those we serve.
Faith Singers are members of Mo-Kan Gospel Music Association, out of Independence,  Missouri, Country Gospel Music Association out of Branson, Missouri and Christian Music Ministries out of Shawnee Kansas.
Faith Singers received the Silver Heart Award for Accapella Artist of the year for the Central Division of Country Gospel Music Association, in 2006 and 2007.  For the last several years we have sang at the Missouri State Fair, we have been on  stage at the Wyandotte County Fair and at many festivals in the northern Missouri area.

 The concert is free admission and will be located at the First Christian Church, 306 W. H St. with a love offering taken for the ministry. For more information contact 402-269-5508 or www.faithsingerslive.com  




Former Stander Ace Hardware owner Maureen Gulizia announced their name is now Officially "Louisville Hardware" and the sign has been changed on the front of their new building!
As part of their celebration, and in recognition of Earth Day 2010 coming up on April 22nd, Louisville hardware is giving out Free Flower Bulbs with Energy Smart CFL Lights 




First Christian Church in Weeping Water has begun a Strategic Spiritual Journey to determine God's will for the congregation.
Dr. James McReynolds will be preaching a series on "God's Medicine for Hurting Families" at 10:30 a.m. through May 9, Mother's Day. Families are invited to listen to this series. Dr. McReynolds is a licensed therapist who has given thousands of hours of free counseling in the Weeping Water area. Farm families can call 1-800-464-0258 for a voucher for free sessions with a Family Guidance therapist.
The Strategic Spiritual Journey is for congregations that have been in decline.  Options discussed have been to sell the building that needs much work.  Another is to nest a young adult congregation within the church. Another option would be to close. There are several churches in Weeping Water, each vying for new members. Young adults do not attend the church as it is.  The church hopes to interest young adults in creating contemporary worship with new leaders, various styles of worship, and new ministries. The church needs $1,500 to pay for their journey which includes three meetings of a team of eight members in Lincoln, oversight from a pastor in North Platte who has been trained to serve with dying or declining congregations in Nebraska. 
Pastor James McReynolds has given part of his own library of books to sell to the public to pay for the journey.  There is a rather large collection of all types of books. 
Prayer groups of three in each group will be held beginning on Pentecost Sunday with 100 days of prayer for 100 minutes each meeting. "We want to do what God wants us to do," Keith Hammons, elder, said. 


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The Otoe County Genealogical Society will host it's 2nd annual 'Walk Through Wyuka' tour at the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City on May 13th at 7:00 pm.  Wyuka Cemetery historian, Don Hegr, will be our tour guide and will guide us through the many historical internments in Nebraska's oldest public cemetery.  Don's tour will cover the history of the cemetery, and will also showcase numerous graves of Nebraska City's prominent (and sometimes not so prominent) people that are buried within the cemetery.  If you would like to join us on this tour, please meet at the maintenance shed inside the cemetery at 7:00 pm.  There will be someone at the main entrance of the cemetery to guide you once you arrive, and parking will be on the south side of the maintenance shed.



Registration is now open for the 2010 Schoolhouse Fiddle Camps, in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in Avoca, Nebraska.  Deborah Greenblatt, championship fiddler, author of many fiddle collections, will help the campers get in touch with their inner fiddler.  The course of study during the Schoolhouse Fiddle Camp will be designed specifically for the individual campers who sign up.

Fiddle Camp for Beginners is Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 18.  This camp includes some of the basics and fun of fiddling, such as performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, and jamming.  Fiddling styles include bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Klezmer, old-time, and newly composed tunes by the campers.  Movement and singing are included in the experience.

Fiddle Camp for Intermediate/Advanced Fiddlers is Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2010.  Campers will discuss picking tunes for contests, performing in public, practice techniques, reading music, playing by ear, playing for dancers, back-up fiddling, arranging twin fiddle pieces , and jamming.  Many fiddling styles will be represented, including original compositions by the campers.

Each day is scheduled from 9 AM - 1 PM.  Registration is available on line at http://www.greenblattandseay.com/.

For more information, contact Deborah Greenblatt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series on Sunday, May 9, at 2:30 PM, features Deborah Greenblatt & Friends in "The Feminist Manifesto".  Through the songs and writings of heroic women (and some liberated men) through the centuries, issues of civil rights and stereotypes will be explored.

Championship fiddler, Greenblatt, will be joined by her husband, David Seay, and a small ensemble of Schoolhouse Music Students.  The concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur,  one mile south of Highway 34. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. For more information, write to  Greenblatt & Seay, The Old Schoolhouse, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, Nebraska, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990.  Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.


A Sightreading Workshop is scheduled for beginners and intermediate players on Monday evenings, from May 17 - June 7,  from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, in The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, in picturesque Avoca, Nebraska.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for beginners and intermediate players of all ages  to  sightread music that you've never seen before, and don't have to ever see again.  During the workshop, led by Deborah Greenblatt, discover how to negotiate new compositions with minimum stress, and maximum music.  The beauty of this workshop is that all you have to do is show up.  There is no preparation necessary, although pre-registration is required.  The fee for the Sightreading Workshop is $80.00 per person.  For more information, call 402-275-3221, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Wed., Apr. 21:

  • Steak & Pork Chop Dinner @ WW Congregational Church 5-8 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 22:

  • Golf--Elmwood-Murdock-Palmyra Tri @ 2:00 pm
  • Track @ Bennington @ 1:00 p.m.
  • JH Track @ Plattsmouth @ 2:00 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 25:

  • Pancake Feed @ American Legion Hall 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Blackwood Brothers Concert @ Lofte Theatre @ 2:00 p.m. 

Tues., Apr. 27:

  • Girls & Boys Track--Vern Aylor Invite @ 10:00 a.m.


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community to enjoy. Thank you.


Dawn Randall

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